BA in Art History

Kendall Reed, 2023

Kendall Reed

Do you have a particular standout course or professor from your time as an undergraduate student?

My favorite class in the Art History major is the Curating an Exhibition class that I took twice with Dr. Heather Mcguire and Dr. Michele Greet. 

What activities were you involved in during your time at Mason that impacted you the most? 

I did several internships during my time at Mason, my favorite was my Havner Curatorial Internship at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. I spent two months in Bentonville and lived on museum grounds in a home with 3 other curatorial interns. I worked with the contemporary department and wrote an object label for Deborah Roberts’ “He Looks like Me,” 2019, that will be on view in the museum. I also conducted a gallery talk on a work by contemporary artist Genesis Tramaine.  

Share a memorable "Mason moment."

The opening reception at the exhibition "Reclaim, Rebirth, Reconsider: Narratives of Transformation," an exhibition I worked on during Dr. Mcguire's Curating an Exhibition course. It was the moment that helped me fully determine the work I want to do in the contemporary art world. 

Reflecting on your time at Mason, what is one piece of advice you would give a student who is just starting off on their Mason journey?

Take risks and don’t be afraid to expand physical horizons for opportunities. I never thought I would be living and working in Arkansas after relocating to the NOVA area for college, However, my time in Arkansas is one I will never forget and has already changed the trajectory of my career.  

What are your next steps?

 I intend on working in the DMV area in museums and galleries and hope to get my Masters degree in the next few years so I can pursue Curatorial work full time.